Saturday, June 16, 2007

Rod Stewart Gets Married In Italy

Singer Rod Stewart has wed for the third time, PEOPLE confirmed. The 62-year-old rocker said "I do" early Saturday with model Penny Lancaster, 36, his girlfriend of about seven years, in a small town just outside the Italian Riviera resort of Portofino. The ceremony took place at the 17th century Villa Durazzo in the town of Santa Margherita. Mariagrazia Benazzi, the town hall official who celebrated the wedding in lieu of the mayor, says the only people present were the bride, the groom and two witnesses. Stewart is said to have given his bride a "huge white diamond ring," Benazzi says. The newlyweds and the two witnesses were then whisked away by private minivans to a motorboat docked in the port of Santa Margherita, which took them back to their yacht (decorated with red balloons).
This is Stewart's third marriage – he and model Rachel Hunter were divorced in January. He and Lancaster have one child – Alastair – who was born November 28, 2005. Stewart has five other children from his previous relationships. The day before their nuptials the couple lunched aboard their yacht and they were spotted walking hand-in-hand through a market in nearby Rapallo, where Lancaster bought costume jewelry. They also took time out to celebrate the 20th birthday of Stewart's daughter Ruby and "Happy Birthday" streamers could be seen hanging up on the decks of the yacht Lady Ann Magee.


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